The Geography MA/MSc study programme is made up of optional and required modules. You must take modules with a total of between 180 and 190 credits to complete the programme.
In addition to a compulsory dissertation, you will select from a range of related modules. Your choice of modules will determine whether you take the MA or MSc pathway. If you are enrolling for the Geography MA programme, you are expected to choose options in human geography, whereas the Geography MSc programme will mean you will study physical geography.
If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your programme will be delivered over two years, you will take the required module in the first year, and the dissertation in your second year.
The primary aim of the MA/MSc programme is to provide an advanced foundation in geography, bringing students up to date with the latest developments in their chosen fields of study. The distinction between the MA and the MSc arises from the modules taken, with the MA awarded for degrees that focus more on human geography (including the compulsory module 7SSG5002 Practising Social Research) and the MSc awarded for degrees that focus more on physical geography (including the compulsory module 7SSG5110 methods for Environmental Research). Students enrolled for the MA Geography programme are expected to take most of their options in human geography and those enrolled for the MSc Geography programme are expected to take most of their options in physical geography.
Course format and assessment
Assessment methods will depend on the modules selected. The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of essays/reports, oral presentations, lab work and occasionally by examination.
Students following the MA are expected to take the compulsory research methods module (Practising Social Research 1) plus options from other MA human geography Programmes offered in Geography. Students following the MSc are expected to take the compulsory research methods module (Methods in Environmental Research) plus options from other MSc physical geography programmes offered in Geography.